Pakistan hangs man over rape, murder of 6-year-old girl

Pakistan hangs man over rape, murder of 6-year-old girl

In June, the country's Supreme Court rejected his appeal, and last week Pakistani president Arif Alvi refused Ali's request for a reprieve.

After he was sentenced to death for raping and murdering Zainab, Imran Ali was convicted for similar crimes against six more girls.

LAHORE: As per the court orders, Imran Ali, convicted of raping and murdering seven-year-old Zainab and several others, will be hanged in the Central Jail Kot Lakhpat today (Wednesday) at 5:30am. The girl's uncle was also present at the jail.

An ambulance had also arrived at the scene, accompanied by a brother of the convict as well as two of his friends.

The deceased father had asked the court to publicly hang the convict but the court took out the death sentence inside the jail premise on October 17.

The incident triggered nation-wide street protests in Pakistan with people demanding a harsh punishment for the 23-year-old accused.

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On January 4, Zainab was kidnapped from near her aunt's house, in Kasur and after searching for five days the police found her dead in a garbage heap. Violent protests in Kasur city following her murder claimed two lives.

The autopsy reports revealed that the minor was raped before being strangulated to death.

On February 10, the court handed over copies of the challan to the accused counsel in a hearing which was held in Kot Lakhpat jail and February 12 was fixed for framing of charges. The court did not agree and dismissed the plea.

The six-year-old girl was snatched by Ali as she walked to a Koran class in January this year, with CCTV footage showing him leading her down a street by the hand.

Zainab's father Mohammed Amin Ansari after witnessing the execution thanked the judiciary, government and investigators for giving them speedy justice. "Her mother is devastated from grief".

After the execution, Ali's family, guarded by police personnel, took his body to Kasur.

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